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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Pathology of the Skin

National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral training opportunity is available to study the pathology of skin diseases, including eczema and psoriasis. Specific topics include 1) the neural basis of itch and pain sensation; 2) wound healing and resolution of inflammation; and 3) the role of non-canonical mast cell activation. Most work is performed in mouse models, though studies of primary human tissue are integrated into each project. A wide variety of techniques are used, including sophisticated gene manipulation, behavioral studies, RNA-seq, flow cytometry, and tissue imaging. The ultimate goal is to identify new therapeutic targets for the more intractable symptoms of skin diseases.

Projects generally are designed for two years and first authorship is highly likely.

The postdoctoral trainee will work in the Allergy & Immunology Division of the Department of Medicine on Northwestern’s Chicago campus. The division enjoys an open lab environment, close contacts between labs, and a mixing of clinical and basic science research groups. The lab itself specifically makes use of several custom-made mice that are exclusive to this group.


The position is looking for an enthusiastic individual who is comfortable with multi-disciplinary approaches and who enjoys learning new techniques. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and a strong background in cell biology and molecular biology, including a working knowledge of genetic manipulation techniques.

Specific experience in the following is desirable but not required: flow cytometry, confocal imaging, RNA-seq analysis, skin tissue preparation and imaging, behavioral tests of itch and/or pain.


Please submit a C.V., a brief statement of research interests and background, and the names of three references (preferably by email) to the address below:

Ben McNeil, Ph.D.
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Northwestern University
Feinberg Department of Medicine
McGaw Pavilion Suite M-301
240 E Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-503-0084


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States